For more information please call 201-848-8005
or email info@eccretreat.org


The Eastern Christian Children's Retreat is a private, non-profit organization created to support individuals with a broad range of mental and physical disabilities. 

The sincere desire of the founders and the Board of Directors is that each individual, according to her/his hopes and needs, have the opportunity to achieve personal growth and a meaningful life.  Such a life will be marked by giving to and receiving from others, exercising choice in important aspects of life, and experiencing incorporation into the larger community through work, recreation, worship and a place of residence. 

A caring, skilled and dedicated staff minister to the residents, guided by our Christian calling and principles.


Trusting in God, and honoring the Christian commitment of its founders, ECCR will continue to support persons with developmental disabilities throughout all stages of life.  To assure that each person shall realize his/her full potential as a child of God and be satisfactorily integrated within society, a variety of resources shall be used including residential care, adult programs and training, social and spiritual nurture and community advocacy. 

The Eastern Christian Children’s Retreat serves more than 115 individuals with a broad range of mental and physical disabilities. Founded in the spirit of Christian love, the residential facility opened in December 1972. The Retreat expanded into the community in 1986 with the development of group homes, where residents enjoy supervised supported living. In1992 the Retreat advanced its philosophy of providing home-like settings for residents with the construction of on-site lodges. A volunteer Board of Director’s, elected from the community, governs Eastern Christian Children’s Retreat. The Retreat is licensed by the New Jersey Department of Human Services, and holds memberships in the American Association on Mental Retardation, the American Network of Community Options and Resources, and the New Jersey Association of Community Providers, and Council of Reformed Charities.  We are also member of the Evangelical Council of Financial Accountability. For Additional Information, contact the Retreat Administrative Office at (201) 848-8005



Our professional staff is comprised of over 280 dedicated individuals.  Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses, Daily Living Assistants, Instructors, Recreation Aides, Case Managers, Speech, Occupational and Physical Therapists, Administrative staff, Dietary Workers, Maintenance, Housekeeping, Laundry and Food Service staff, a Chaplain and a Dietician work together to provide comprehensive care for the individuals who live at ECCR. We have physicians who make weekly rounds and are available to the residents at all times. Each staff member takes a special interest in the residents and forms caring, supportive relationships.